Large Bold Persian Medallion Heriz Rug — 9 ft. 8 in. by 6 ft. 5 in. — $789

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous old Persian Heriz carpet from NW Iran. This rug is out of a European estate. Almost no signs of wear and overall condition is excellent. Even the white cotton fringe, often the first part of a rug to show issues, is in superb condition.

These are rugged rugs and very resilient to wear.  Last photo, with Morgan silver dollar, shows the back of the rug.

Stunning art for your floor!

The Heriz or Serapi medallion design is one of the most popular in the world, and originated in the northwest of Iran. This motif favors a large central medallion and a wide border. This one displays a rich mix of colors including crimson, orange gold, blue, ivory and olive. 1960s. Exact size is 9 ft. 8in. by 6 ft. 5 in., which is an excellent size for most living and dining rooms.

These rugs are well known for their durability and have been popular with collectors for over a century. Natural wool woven onto natural cotton in the mountains of the Heriz Province.

This is an authentic Heriz rug from Iran — not a knockoff from India of dubious quality. (Very common now — especially with the embargo against Iran.)  These rugs are produced in the villages scattered across the slopes of Mount Sabalan, northeast of Tabriz.

One of the alleged reasons for the toughness of Heriz carpets is that Mount Sabalan is sitting on a major deposit of copper. Trace copper in the drinking water of the sheep supposedly produces high quality wool. The copper makes the wool stronger and far more resilient than wool from other areas (so the explanation goes). Heriz rugs originate in towns such as Ahar, Heris, Mehraban, Sarab, Serapi, Bakhshaish, and Gorevan.

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Large Persian Isfahan Floral Medallion Rug — 12 ft. by 8 ft. — $849

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Classic Persian floral medallion rug from the beautiful garden city of Isfahan, Iran. (Also, Esfahan). Very good overall condition with only a few scattered spots of inconsequential wear.

Traditional Isfahan colors with several shades of blue, crimson, black, ivory, cream, silver, and peach. It is difficult to find these large floral rugs in such great condition.

Exact size is 11 ft. 10 in. by 7 ft. 9 in. A vintage Persian carpet, most likely from the 1970s. This rug is ready to roll out inyour home. Natural wool pile on natural cotton warp.

This Isfahan Persian carpet is $849. Shipping is $69 or free with a prearranged local pickup.

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(I0016          O188)

Large Persian Tabriz with Mahi Motif and Magenta Diamond — 11 ft. by 8 ft. — $949

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Striking Persian carpet from Tabriz in northern Iran. Fabulous condition!

The field design surrounding the central ivory medallion is a form of the intricate Herati arabesque that decorates many rugs in the Middle East. In the Tabriz area it is also known as a ‘mahi’ design–or fish–because the details in the pattern look like a school of fish flashing by.

I have had a few of these mahi Tabriz carpets over the years but they were typically pretty worn. This one is in fantastic condition with only the slightest hint of wear in a couple of tiny spots inside the amazing magenta diamond. The fringes are in absolutely pristine condition on both ends; white and unworn. Long cotton fringes often get nicked up and soiled in the life of a handmade carpet.

This is an amazing motif, in my opinion, with its combination of field details, its central floral medallion, and its elegant wide borders–all enfolded by a magenta geometric diamond that jets across the rug like a lightening bolt.

The motif is sometimes copied in Pakistani rug workshops; however, they tend to work with a completely different color and dye palette, and also employ different weaving techniques. Because of this, distinguishing the Persian Tabriz carpets from their Pakistani imitators is typically straightforward.

Exact size is 11 ft. 1 in. by 7 ft. 9 in. A vintage rug from around the 1970s but in spectacular condition. There is some lively abrash (variegation in dye colors) in the dark indigo blues of the borders. The rug displays a mix of natural and quality synthetic dyes. The blues and some of the accent colors are natural while the neon magenta and orange colors cannot be duplicated with vegetable or natural dyes.

Price of this Tabriz carpet is $949.

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Moroccan Bold Orange – Red Rug — 8 ft. 5 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. — $395

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A Moroccan handmade rug with a floral central medallion and border — on a vivid rusty red field. Wool woven onto cotton warp. Handmade rugs from Morocco are less common than their Persian and Turkish counterparts.

Vintage rug in excellent condition with little signs of wear to the thick wool pile. The cotton fringe is very long on each end and appears free of wear, frazzling, or gaps. It’s a vintage piece but appears to have been used very, very lightly. 1960s – 1970s.

If you include the fringe, the rug is 8 ft. 5 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. Without the fringe just under 8 feet in length.

Moroccan rugs are quite popular with contemporary designers and because of their limited availability, can be quite pricy. Moroccan weaving has been influenced by Turkish and to a lesser extent Persian weaving. Many of the rugs from Morocco are made by Berber tribal people weaving in the Atlas Mountains and feature geometric motifs.

This rug, however, is more formal and professional, and was woven for export rather than tribal use. There is an export label underneath that denotes its origin as Morocco and its quality as “superior”. You can see it in the last photo, showing the back of the rug.

With its bold cheerful colors this carpet could easily light up the dullest room. Spectacular art for the floor!

Price is $395. Shipping is $43.

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(MC0026 O1)

Persian Kashan Medallion Rug — 7 ft. by 4 ft 5 in. — $385

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Classic Persian Kashan run with tomato red field, central medallion, and floral corners and borders. A bit of abrash (color variegation due to different wool dye batches), which lends a rug painterly qualities. The abrash is in the red field as shown in photo 2. Definitely woven in Iran — not a Pakistani or Indian copy.

Excellent overall condition for a vintage rug. Minor repair on the side cord, which is not even visible. Wool on cotton warp. 1960s. The last photo shows the back of the rug and you can see that it is a very dense and finely knotted carpet. Exact size is 6 ft. 11 in. by 4 ft. 5 in.

Extremely solid and you could place it in a high foot traffic area if need be.

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Price is $385. Shipping is $35 within U.S. continent.

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(K0034 O48)

Vivid and Intricate Vintage Turkish Hereke Rug — 8 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. — $679

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Fabulous old Turkish Hereke rug from an estate. Wonderful condition. It was a bit gray with normal soiling so I had it professionally washed. Came out beautifully with vibrant colors and white fringes. Fringes are in perfect condition — and long fringes often wear down first. The size is 8 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 8 in. (that measurement includes fringes).

Extremely intricate and balanced, with precise weaving. 1960s.

Hereke, near Izmit Bay in Turkey, is considered one of the finest rug making centers in the world. (Many would argue it has been the pinnacle of elite rug creation over the last century and a half.) The Emperor Sultan Abdulmecid I established the Hereke Imperial Factory in 1843 to produce carpets and fabrics exclusively for the Ottoman Court. Hereke designs were inspired by the motifs of traditional Turkish carpets as well as the more elaborate curvilinear compositions of Persia and Mameluke Egypt.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, Hereke weavers produced their enchanting masterpieces exclusively for the aristocracy of the Ottoman Empire as well as visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Hereke hand knotted carpets, many made from silk, were presented as gifts to the royal families of Japan, Russia, Germany and England. As Hereke carpets gained acclaim throughout Europe, demand steadily increased . Eventually, toward the end of the 1800s, production increased to a point where Hereke carpets became available in the markets of Istanbul.

The founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923 interrupted Hereke carpet production. The new Turkish leaders, spurning the perceived decadence of the Ottoman aristocracy, considered luxury carpets as frivolous for building a modern nation. The Hereke carpet industry declined from 1923 through the end of the Second World War. The early 1950s, however, became a renaissance for Hereke rug production. Master weavers resumed the craft, and looms were set up in the homes of local villagers who wove carpets on contract. Today Hereke continues creating exquisite handmade wool and silk rugs for discerning collectors worldwide.

Price is $679. Shipping is $42 within continental U.S. Free pickup in the Bay Area or Monterey.

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(HK0001 O80)

Vintage Nepal – Tibet Buddhist Dragon Rug — 8 ft. 10 in. by 5 ft. 10 in. — $450

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Fantastic old vintage Nepalese or Tibetan dragon rug with Buddhist iconography. The dragons are composed in a quartet arrangement near the center, and are modest in size and quite stylized. Closeup in third photo.

Scattered minor wear mainly on the ends (fourth photo). The rug has been professionally WASHED and is ready to use.

Fabulous art for your floor. Ivory with browns and blues, and accent colors. Lovely and muted natural dyes. One corner has small nick and tiny stitch repair. (second photo) Last two photos with Morgan silver dollar show the back of the rug.

No holes or weak spots; the rug is well woven and solid despite the minor wear. Natural wool on cotton warp. Exact size is 8 ft. 10 in. by 5 ft. 10 in., which is an excellent size for most rooms. Out of a European estate. 1950s – 1960s

Dragons in eastern mythology and religion are positive elemental forces — unlike the destructive creatures in Western myths. In ancient China, dragons were depicted as rainmakers. When Buddhism spread through China, it introduced its own vision of the dragon as a protector. The dragon–along with the tiger, snow lion, and garuda–was one of the Four Dignitaries that offered strength, compassion, and safety.

Dragons remain important positive and protective symbols in Tibetan Buddhism.

Price is $450.  Free pickup or shipping within continental U.S. is $43.

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(NE0013 D13)

LENIN. Handmade Soviet Era Rug — 5 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. — $425

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Now for something a little different, comrades.

Perfect for your office wall. Let your boss know that too much abuse & criticism may have serious consequences….

Handmade Soviet era LENIN rug. Created by tribal Kirghiz or Kazakh weavers in Kazakhstan. Most likely made in late 1960s to honor the centennial of Lenin’s birth — which was 1970.

Lenin was born as Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov in the city of Simbirsk on the Volga River. As the primary architect of the Bolshevik Revolution, he became the ‘founding father’ of the Soviet Union. He lived from 1870 to 1924, the dates deftly woven into this ebullient memorial rug.

Lenin rugs are rare and collectible, and most are machine made. This is handmade natural wool on natural cotton warp. The caption reads V.I. Lenin. (In Cyrillic Russian.) Very good overall condition with minor wear. Size is 5 ft. 2 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. with fairly thick wool pile.

Bright bold colors–including revolutionary red– with elegant borders. Great opportunity to acquire a fascinating and unique historical rug woven in the Soviet Union. This rug would certainly work on the floor but would also make a superb wall hanging.

Price is $425. Shipping is $42 within continental U.S.

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(LE0006 G15)

Huge Handmade Tibetan Rug 13 ft. by 10 ft. — $795

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Huge handmade Tibetan rug. Thick wool on cotton. Original retail price tag still attached — $7500.

Exact size is 13 ft. 2 in. by 10 ft. Photo with coin is the back of the rug. The wrinkles are only from the rug being rolled up after washing and will come out easily once the rug is spread out on a floor and walked on.

Very heavy and thick. Rug weighs over a 100 pounds. Neutral colors. Natural wool (sheep – yak) woven onto natural cotton. No wear. This is a rug that can handle heavy foot traffic and last for many decades. No synthetic materials, no outgassing such as happens with manufactured carpeting. Perfect for children and infants.

The rug was in storage for a number of years and needed the dust washed out. It was professionally hand-washed by Artisan Fine Rug Care in Santa Cruz.

The price is $795.

Free local pickup in the Bay Area or Monterey area. I have a storage unit near the Oakland airport where it would be easy to view and pickup the rug.

I can ship it but weighs over a hundred pounds so probably around $125 to ship. I will have to add shipping costs depending on your location if you need it shipped.

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Large ‘Seljuk’ Turkish Rug — 12 ft 7 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — $779

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Large fantastic Turkish rug woven with 100% natural ‘kork’ wool. Excellent condition with no signs of wear anywhere. Wool retains its high lanolin content; the colors are bold but softer than they appear in the photos. Red field is more of a coral than a crimson. Long fringes are in perfect condition. The size is 12 ft. 7 in. (including the fringe) and 8 ft. 6 in. wide. About 12 ft. in length without the fringe.

Styled after ancient Seljuk carpets. There is also a town near Ephesus named Seljuk. (Also spelled Seljuq and in Turkish Selcuk –with a ch sound.) The Seljuk dynasty was one of the great formative civilizations of Anatolia.

“The Anatolian Seljuks were the founders of the first true Turkish state in Asia Minor. The Seljuks of Anatolia were responsible for one of the richest and most inventive periods in Turkish culture. They ruled over most of Turkey for almost two centuries, between the 11-13th centuries, from their capital in Konya. During that time, their refined, enlightened culture flourished throughout most of Turkey.”

The rug is soft and fairly thick. It came out of a high end rug gallery collection but has been in storage for the last 15 years or so. Fabulous art for the floor!

This rug is on sale for $779. Free pickup is an option in the San Francisco Bay Area — including Oakland and Berkeley — or Monterey. Within the continental U.S., shipping will be $99.

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(Ty0050 O120)

SOLD — Large Turkish Kayseri Rug — 12 ft. 4 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — $649

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Highly detailed and finely woven vintage Kayseri rug from central Anatolia. Very good condition with a small repair on the side cord. Very little wear on the wool pile. Muted soft colors including brown, sage, blue, ivory and a few tiny accents of red.

The long cotton long fringe is original but shows little signs of wear. A little bit of light brown in a few spots on the fringe from slight dye diffusion when the rug was suspended for drying.

This is an estate rug that has been professionally washed. Enchanting art for your floor!

With its elegant interwoven design and muted colors, this large carpet would complement a range of styles from traditional and modern, to mid-century modern, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Exact size is 12 ft. 4 in. by 8 ft. 6 in. — and that includes the longish fringe.

The Kayseri area is widely heralded for producing many of the finest handmade rugs in Anatolia and the world. 1960s – 1970s. In the book Contemporary Hand Made Turkish Carpets by Ugur Ayyildiz (1983), you can see a rug with an almost identical motif on page 41. In Turkey large rugs such as this one are known as Taban (over 6 square meters in size).

Price is $649 plus $69 for shipping. Free pickup is an option. Also, shipping may be less if you live close by.

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(KS0006 i15)

Gorgeous Turkish Kayseri Prayer Rug — 6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — $365

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Highly detailed and finely woven vintage Kayseri rug from Anatolia. Excellent condition. Although not heavy, it is well crafted and could be used in a high foot traffic area. A simple non slip mesh pad might be needed on slippery wood or tile floors.

The rug is ready for many additional decades of use. Natural wool on cotton warp. This carpet was just professionally washed and is ready for your home. Fantastic subtle dyes and colors. Traditional prayer rug motif with mosque mihrab and Ottoman style lamp, enclosed by a sinuous arabesque design.

With its elegant motif and muted colors, it would complement a range of styles from traditional and modern, to mid-century modern, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Exact size is 6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — and that includes the longish fringe.

Kayseri is widely heralded for producing many of the finest handmade rugs in Anatolia and the world. 1960s.

The price is $365. Shipping is $43 within continental U.S.

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(KS0003 O30)